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THQ Opens Montreal Studio To Be Led By Former “Assassins’ Creed” Creative Director

THQ Opens Montreal Studio To Be Led By Former “Assassins’ Creed” Creative Director (photo)

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This morning, the publisher responsible for the “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw” series and the new Costume Quest game unveiled a brand-new studio in Montreal, Quebec. The facility will be headed up by Patrice Désilets, who, while at Ubisoft, worked on the beloved “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and later oversaw development of the blockbuster “Assassins’ Creed” games.

THQ’s Executive Vice President Danny Bilson spoke at a morning press conference, saying that government incenties are a large part of what will enable the Montreal studio to compete with the larger publishers also present in Quebec, like EA and UbiSoft.
Dave Gatchel, general manager of THQ Montreal, also stressed that the local talent from the city’s universities.

Désilets’ presence at THQ is a big deal because in video games, where creatives are more anonymous, one doesn’t see the kind of high-profile talent moves that typify Hollywood or pro sports deal-making. Along with Désilets, THQ’s talent-first strategy has netted them a ballyhooed deal with Guillermo Del Toro, the distribution rights to “Costume Quest” and the addition of “Devil’s Third,” the latest creation by Hironobu Itagaki, best known for the modern-day “Ninja Gaiden” games. Gatchel talked about plans to hire over 400 people over next five years; currently a staff of 30 is at work in the facility. THQ’s not yet announcing what the Montreal developers will be working on, but their focus will be on new IP aimed at the core gamer audience, like the upcoming “Homefront” game, which deals with a Korean invasion of the United States.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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